The union came in and took all of the power from the contractors. They made it so that the contractor could only hire union workers. Union workers are being paid .00/hour for work that could easily be done for half that and still be considered a good job.
7) I can't use solar power as I don't have a south facing roof! You don't need a south facing roof! An East or West facing roof will also do the job. You could also have a ground-mounted system which would only require an unshaded area to be installed.
Solar power is a good thing to consider if you use a lot of power and your roof gets a minimum of five hours direct daily sunlight. These are the contributing factors to a money-saving solar installation.
The power that is made by photovoltaic panels is DC or direct current. In order to run your household appliances, you will need to convert this to AC or alternating current. You can buy converters made to do just this job. You will need to hire a professional electrician to wire the panels into your homes wiring system. It is highly inadvisable for anyone to do home wiring on their own. This is best left to professionals. Installing solar panels will require some time and professional help, but you will still save a great deal of money buy building the panels yourself.
Warning "Shock hazard" remember to turn off the circuit that powers the fan. Check to see if a voltage is not present using a volt meter or other device. There may be other circuits in the ceiling that are not part of the ceiling fan circuit. To verify this, you may need to go up in the attic to see what is physically there.
The cost of the kit alone is about half the total installed cost. It makes sense to either get a dealer to do the foundation work and tie-in with the house electrical system, or hire separate mechanical and electrical contractors.
The microFIT process for systems under 10kWh is very simple. For a homeowner the application is done on-line. After about 6 weeks a response comes back with a conditional offer. The homeowner arranges for the solar panels to be installed, the inspections and permits have to be done of course, then the local electric company plugs in a production meter and you are producing! You get a contract offer from the OPA which you must agree to within 45 days. Then you wait for the first cheque. Some systems allow you to monitor your solar panels on-line so you can see your production hourly, daily, weekly etc.